Library Board Member 201: Building Strategic Planning and Storytelling Capacity for Community Impact

Date(s) - 11/11/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



Is your library strategically focused for community impact? Is the Board doing their part to maintain momentum? Are you sharing your library’s success stories effectively?

At this session, you’ll learn how to develop an achievable strategic plan that’s right for your library, not a plan that will sit on a shelf only trotted out once a year for an update. Your Board-led strategic planning process will result in a plan that has strong buy-in from all stakeholders involved and is rooted in community needs.

With a great plan in place, you’ll learn the Board’s role in implementation and how aligning updates and reports with plan milestones will upgrade your monthly meetings and create clear understanding about progress towards plan goals.

Finally, you’ll see how to connect the plan and implementation to communicate stories of community impact. You’ll understand how to use these messages to show value and community transformation.

Through these three steps – plan, implement, and communicate – you’ll transform the Board’s capacity to effectively guide the library – and community – to an aspirational future.

Participants will learn how to:
• Design a strategic planning process that is informed by community input
• Support implementation and management of the strategic plan
• Gather and share meaningful stories that communicate the library’s value

Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.

Presenter: Amanda Standerfer
Amanda’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities. Since 2002, Amanda has served as a consultant and facilitator, working with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building.

Amanda is currently the Director of Community Engagement for The Urbana (IL) Free Library. he’s spent half of her career working in philanthropy (as Program Officer for The Lumpkin Family Foundation based in Mattoon, IL and as Program Director with the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, serving Effingham and Mattoon, IL) and the other half in libraries (as Head of the Adult Division at the Decatur (IL) Public Library and as Director of the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, IL). She loves melding her library and philanthropy knowledge – calling herself a “philanthro- brarian.”

Amanda has twice been elected to the Board of the Illinois Library Association (ILA). She also served as an elected Trustee for the Windsor Storm Memorial Public Library in Windsor, IL. Amanda holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



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